NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/19/12

June 19, 2012

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Tell Your Friends Finale and Jessi Klein

A star-studded farewell, including Kurt & Kristen and Wyatt Cenac, to the long-running Tell Your Friends; and Jessi Klein performs at Sweet

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

7:00 pm-9:00 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Regulars, Johnny Romance, and The Pox at this first half of Harold Night

7:00 pm ($5): In this double-bill at The Magnet, first improvisors make up scenes about objects provided by the audience in Anoush Talks to Stuff; and then “Of all mankind’s achievements throughout history, the most impressive was definitely…landing on the moon. But the invention of the letter is a close second. Come see what God had to say in his eviction notice to Adam and Eve, why the Declaration of Independence was written in invisible ink, and the reason you should never write an email describing your masturbation habits unless you fully intend to send it:” The History of the Letter

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The final edition of this long-running show at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney, with tonight’s blowout lineup TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and NBC’s 30 RockComedy Central Presents half-hour special; FOX’s Bob’s Burgers; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live), and “a secret famous comedian,” plus musical guests Eden & John’s East River String Band and A Brief View of the Hudson: Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($8): Head writer & director Jen Curran (Harvard Sailing Team, The Baldwins, Jen & Steve) and a dozen other talents perform brand new sketch comedy at The PIT downstairs lounge: Big Business

8:00 pm ($5): A mostly-gal lineup of stand-ups (unfortunately, not announced, which kind of defeats the purpose of doing an alternative show like this) performing at UCB East hosted by Ilana Glazer: Bunch a Pussies

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: BEEES! and Mint Condition

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness, MTV), “a special guest,” and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, Comedy Central, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not yet announced, but you can check for an update here) at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Steve O’Brien and produced by Sean Donnelly: Comedy at Alligator Lounge

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Bucky, Surfing, and Sandino—plus at 11:00 pm four separate three-person groups of advanced students each perform one long scene in a form called The Three-Hander—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s co-host Andy Rocco (Underground Americana) mix dark sketch with dark character-based improv at UCB East as they welcome guests Justin Shanes (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Emmy Blotnick (blogger for Jimmy Fallon), and Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV): The Tony and Andy Show

9:30 pm ($5): Sketch comedy from a troupe born in a Boston college but tonight performing at The PIT downstairs lounge: Astronaut Theatre

9:30 pm ($5): Tom DiMenna (one-man show Who Loves You, Baby? at Soho Playhouse), Jen Curran (Harvard Sailing Team, The Baldwins, Jen & Steve), Robin Cloud, and Fariaz Rabbiani performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’sNewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro Show), Jen Mutascio (NBC, HBO), Gabe Morales, and William Mullin performing stand-up at this monthly gay-themed show at Queens LIC’s The Creekupstairs theatre hosted by Tom Steffen: Rapier Wit

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Bryan Callen (The Hangover 1 and 2, Warrior, HBO, Comedy Central, Mad TV), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, MTV’s new Punk’d, TBS’ Men of a Certain Age), Lee Camp (Showtime, The Onion, CNN, MSNBC), and more performing stand-up at theGotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe BEEES! to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/8/11

June 8, 2011

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Kurt & Kristen, and Shayna Ferm

This year's magical SketchFest NYC runs June 8-11 at UCBT. Participants on this opening night include Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler (Kurt & Kristen), Shayna Ferm (Sketch Rocks!)...

Kate McKinnon and Adira Amram

...Kate McKinnon (Gramp's and This Is About Smith), and Adira Amram (Sketch Rocks!)

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:00 pm – 1:00 am: One of the most delightful comedy festivals to grace NYC, this seventh annual SketchFest boasts shows from Kurt & Kristen, The Onion, The Harvard Sailing Team, The Whitest Kids U’ Know, Comedy Central Digital, Channel 101, and even Marvel Comics!

Other notable shows include a one-night-only reunion of acclaimed all-gal troupe Meat; a “Secret Screening” of something special Friday at midnight; and often the most delightful event of the whole shebang, the closing night Craptacular featuring material from festival participants too rude or bizarre to fit into their regular shows, and this year hosted by Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show).

To get a feel for some of the best troupes who’ll be participating, please click here.

Produced by Alex Zalben, who has superb comedic taste, this is a four-evening extravaganza worth experiencing. Many of these shows will almost certainly sell out, so buy tickets in advancefor the ones you want ($10 each); or simply opt for the $100 all-you-can-see pass to get into any and every show of SketchFest NYC 2011

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Sara Schaefer (Jimmy Fallon, VH1), Eric Bergstrom (author of Grimmer Tales), David Cope (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable of Gentlemen), and Yannis Pappas (MTV, VH1) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($10 plus $10 drink minimum; for reservations, call 212.989.9319): Some of the finest stand-ups in NYC—Jessie Klein, Brooke Van Poppelen, Jared Logan, Dan St. Germain, and Jordan Carlos—performing at the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) with host Gilad Foss: Comedy Under Cornelia

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal line-up of Robin Fox, Mara Herron, and Jeni Aron performing stand-up at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 45th & 46th Streets) for a gay-themed show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/6/11

June 6, 2011

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Nick Kroll

TV & movie star Nick Kroll...

Adira Amram

...and rising comedic superstar Adira Amram perform tonight with Kurt & Kristen at Hot Tub Variety

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

7:00 pm ($5): “Free love, free music, and free peace blankets by the first aid tent. Come dig our musical sketch show. With this many hippies on one cattle farm, things are bound to get really wild! Just don’t eat the brown acid, man:” Beefstock 1969

7:00 pm ($10, or whatever you care to pay): A one-man show “based on true experiences as Roman Rimer traveled through the Southern United States with the non-profit Sanctuary Collective to do community organizing with LGBTQ Youth in Christian Communities. Themes of Evolution include spirituality, identity, fear and how they all intersect and affect everyone. Roman also takes off his shirt and runs around:” The Evolution Revolution

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Jon Rineman (Jimmy Fallon), Meghan Hanley, Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Adrienne Iapalucci, Nimesh Patel, and Jono Zalay performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer forSaturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo who should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): TV & movie star Nick Kroll (one of the most brilliantly funny comics alive), Shenoah Allen (The Pajama Men), Desiree Burch (new one-woman show Tar Baby), musical guest Teen Girl Science Monthly—and for all of June, as house band the super-amazing Adira Amram and the Experience (winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act)—performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. This show was previously a wonderful theatrical event that cost $18 and up. Don’t miss this run at The PIT that allows you to catch the gals for a mere $10: Naked in a Fishbowl

9:00 pm ($7): Duo improv set in the roarin’ 1920s from David Levin & Alex Marino in The Cousins Zell

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Dweeb and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Adi Blotman, Carolina Hidalgo, Justin Murray, Chris Laker, Minday Raf, Jason Kantner, Juliana Forlano, and Matt Nagin performing stand-up at Pat O’Shea’s and Troy Bynum’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic sketch, stand-up, improv, videos, and anything else quick & comedic, at The Magnet with host Leanne Linsky: Casual Sketch

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who haven’t been announced yet, but you can check for updates by clicking here—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/9/10

August 9, 2010

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For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.

Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal

Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal tonight resurrect their legendary weekly comedy show: Hot Tub Variety

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), with guest storyteller Brad Lawrence and improv illustrator Sharon Spell at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Lauren Seikaly, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then nab tickets for tonight’s 10th installment at the Soho Playhouse of what’s been extended to a 12-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Julia Segal, Louis Katz, Gregg Zehentner, Scott Moran, and Laura Prangley performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson (Last Comic Standing): Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) tonight bring back their legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show, with guests Eugene Mirman, Andea Rosen, Mike Lawrence, and John Roberts performing at Brooklyn’sLittlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (Variety’s 2010 Top 10 Comics to Watch; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; new comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Morgan Murphy (brilliant stand-up; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), Joe Derosa (Comedy Central Presents special), Mike Birch, Asie Mohtarez—plus musical guest Scott Gibson—performing in the Lolita Bar for producer Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Ali Waller (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central), and Kevin Bartini (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Adam Lowitt (producer of The Daily Show) and Matt Goldich (Comedy Central, VH1): It Is It

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Thomas Middleditch, Eliza Skinner, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, and Kevin Hines—making up a musical on the spot at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including TV & film star T.J. Miller (David LettermanOpie & Anthony; co-star of ABC sitcom Carpoolers; co-star of numerous movies including Cloverfield and Get Him to the Greek), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), and Mike Drucker (before leaving NYC)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.


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